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A Reading List for Future Journalists

If you are an aspiring journalist and want to be a great storyteller, deep thinker and investigator, and a better observer, you should definitely read this blog. Below are some of the book recommendations by top journalists, critics, authors, and scholars for you to explore and learn how to become an incredible journalist. Check out these 10 wonderfully written eclectic books for budding journalists.

  1. London Labour and the London Poor (1840s)

 By Henry Mayhew

A work of Victorian journalism, the influential and prolific English writer describes the urban sociological sketch of people in London while highlighting the harsh realities of the underprivileged of London from a compassionate outlook.

  1. Berlin Diary (1941)

By William Shirer

A mix of Shirer’s diary entries and her CBS radio scripts, Berlin Diary depicts the daily accounts of the all those historic events which led up to World War II in Europe.

  1. Desert Solitaire (1968)

By Edward Abbey

One of the most critically acclaimed nonfiction works by Abbey, Desert Solitaire depicts one man’s pursuit to discover the natural beauty of the Southwest as he struggles with his own morality.

  1. The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters, Volume II (2000)

By George Orwell

A treat for George Orwell fans, this book features essays and notes on World War II, book reviews of Hitler’s Mein Kampf and others, letters to luminaries such as Anthony Powell, and honest narrations of the most pressing issues.

  1. In Cold Blood (1965)

By Truman Capote

If you are looking for some true crime writing, you should definitely read In Cold Blood by the famous author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The popular non-fiction novel narrates the real story of a quadruple murder and how Capote investigated the case.

  1. All the News That’s Fit to Sell (2003)

 By James Hamilton

In this book, economist James Hamilton explains the significant role of economics in media and highlights factors which affect a story before it is published.

  1. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (2000)

By Chris Ware

One of the best-sellers in the graphic novel genre, it is a tragic autobiography which depicts the author’s relationship with his father who abandoned him as a child. Winner of Guardian First Book Award 2001, the beautiful, subtle story is something you shouldn’t miss.

  1. Homage to Catalonia (1938)

By George Orwell

Another masterpiece by George Orwell, this book will give you a firsthand account of his observations and experiences during the Spanish Civil War which he joined to fight against the Fascists.

  1. On Writing (2000)

 By Stephen King

One of the must-read memoirs by Stephen King, this wonderful book will embolden your writer’s instincts and empower you through its practical and revealing portrayal of the writer’s craft.

  1. Middlemarch (1871)

By George Eliot

Set in the fictitious town of Middlemarch, the book sheds light on some important issues such as religion, political reforms, idealism, the status of women, education, and more.

With these 10 powerful books, you can understand how a journalist or a reporter steps out of the way to craft a subtle, complex, and beautiful story. Do not miss out on these must-read books if you are an aspiring journalist.

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